The long-awaited end to this taxing election season comes this week when voters head to the polls on Tuesday.
Current polls indicate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a slight advantage in battleground states and a wider path to winning the Electoral College over Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
At least 33 million votes have already been cast in early voting in 37 states, around 25% of the expected total turnout. Early voting has so far favored Clinton.
But the uneasiness that has pervaded financial markets could continue whatever the election outcome.
"Uncertainty is likely to continue after the election," Dan North, chief economist at Euler Hermes North America, told TheStreet. "No matter who wins the presidency, they will almost certainly face an uncooperative Congress."
There are a number of plausible outcomes come Tuesday night, North noted. First, the GOP party could lose control of the Senate, creating a divided Congress. Second, the GOP could hold control in the House and the Senate -- both Clinton and Trump would still face considerable challenges from a gridlocked Capitol Hill.
"In each case political gridlock is the result, and this ugly, divisive, polarizing gridlock has been in place for years," added North. "This situation will require the art of compromise that has been so sorely missing in Washington for years, and the likelihood of that happening is a true uncertainty."
Wall Street has so far reacted positively to any news of a likely Clinton win and negatively to higher chances of a Trump win. Last week, 370 economists, including eight Nobel laureates, signed a letter calling Trump a "dangerous, destructive choice." The group brutalized Trump's economic and budget plans and criticized him for touting "magical thinking and conspiracy theories over sober assessments of feasible economic policy options."
The economic calendar quiets down after a jam-packed previous week filled with manufacturing activity numbers and the closely watched October jobs report. Only the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey for September on Tuesday and consumer sentiment for November on Friday will make any noise.
It's a busier week for Fedspeak, though, with a number of Federal Reserve members making their first comments after the Fed recently opted to leave rates unchanged. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans will address the Council of Foreign Relations in New York on Tuesday, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari and San Francisco Fed President John Williams will make comments in Wisconsin and San Francisco, respectively, on Wednesday, and St. Louis Fed President James Bullard will address the Commerce Bank in St. Louis on Thursday.
It's a mish-mash of earnings in the coming week as the third-quarter reporting season draws to a close. In retail and consumer names, Sotheby's (BID) , Sysco (SYY) and Dean Foods (DF) will report on Monday; CVS Health (CVS) and Seaworld (SEAS) on Tuesday; Energizer (ENR) and Shake Shack (SHAK) on Wednesday; Kohl's (KSS) , Macy's (M) , Michael Kors (KORS) , Nordstrom (JWN) and Ralph Lauren (RL) on Thursday; and JCPenney (JCP) on Friday.
A number of tech and media companies are on tap to report earnings, including Priceline (PCLN) on Monday; Liberty Media (LMCA) on Tuesday; Dish Networks (DISH) and Viacom (VIAB) on Wednesday; and Walt Disney (DIS) on Thursday.
More than 80% of S&P 500 companies have reported earnings so far this season. Of those that have reported, 71% have exceeded earnings estimates, while 53% have passed revenue forecasts. Third-quarter earnings are expected to grow 3.9%, according to Thomson Reuters, snapping the longest earnings recession since 2009.